Matt Wallace Healthcare Fund
Many of you know Matt Wallace as the Delaware County Sheriff candidate from 2017, or from chipping in his hard-earned dollars to help others out. But Matt is also a husband, a son, and a friend. In this time of need we hope that the many Libertarians that have come to know and love Matt and the countless friends and family members that have known Matt for years can come together in this time of struggle.
Many of you have known Matt for years and some only since recently. Matt has found himself in the ICU, currently intubated and unconscious due to a bout with the Flu and Pneumonia. Over the next few days and possibly longer Matt and his family will be faced with some heavy medical bills, and no family should be burdened with that ordeal while awaiting their loved one to heal and wake up. Bills are currently estimated to be somewhere in the 6 figure range.
Please contribute what you can afford toward the expenses Matt and Stacey will forego. Think about that time Matt was there for you, or was your voice when nobody else was there. Now is the time to step up for a man that would undoubtedly give up the shirt on his back for you!
If you cannot afford to donate at this time, your best thoughts and prayers as well as sharing this cause would be a great alternative. GET WELL MATT WALLACE!!!
Saturday, March 3
Journal entry by Stacey Wallace — Mar 3, 2018
Hello friends! I apologize for the gap in updates, but it was at the patient's request that it be kept quiet that he's been discharged from the hospital! The plan was to have Matt move straight from HUP to Bryn Mawr Rehab but his insurance wouldn't pay for inpatient care and, we found out later, they won't pay for outpatient care there, either! The good news is that Matt will begin PT and OT on Tuesday at a different facilty so he can finally start rebuilding his strength and get all of his muscles going again. Matt's able to walk with a walker and we're hoping within the next several months he'll be able to make a full recovery! Matt surprised everyone when he decided to get up and walk one day and he's been getting better ever since. His progress is truly remarkable and everyone at the MICU where he stayed for 7 weeks was genuinely thrilled to see Matt awake, walking and talking! We've read Matt all of your wonderful messages and he's truly overwhelmed by all of your love and support. Matt has survived an extremely cruel flu and is now aware of how critically ill he was. This is hard for him to wrap his head around and oftentimes doesn't want to hear about how sick he was. Please keep this in mind when you see him. He'll need lots and lots of time to heal mentally and emotionally, too. He will *probably* be making a brief appearance at Sunday's Beef & Beer. He's still quite weak and we'd like to limit his exposure to germs as best we can. He has lost about 75 pounds so he will look different when you see him.
This will likely be the last update from us on CaringBridge. If you have donated to Matt's healthcare fund, *please* email me your mailing address if you have a minute. We'd like to thank each and every one of you personally.
They say in times of crisis you find out who your true friends are and I now know this is absolutely true.
THANK YOU ALL for being amazing, caring and wonderful human beings. Your love carried us through this and I don't know what we would've done without you. ❤❤❤
Stacey Wallace's email: email@example.com
Here are (2) updates from Stacey Wallace (See Below):
Monday, February 12
Journal entry by Stacey Wallace — 2/12/2018
Matt is doing much better now that the antibiotics have had a chance to kick in. He's "awake" most of the day but not very lucid. He's still on a significant amount of drugs and the weaning progress continues! Matt is still on the ventilator but he's making great strides. All of this is wonderful and I write this with very cautious optimism. We're beginning to discuss what will happen with Matt once he's ready to leave the ICU. This is all very preliminary and we still don't know what his needs will be as far as continuing inpatient care. But the fact that we've even reached this point is a miracle! Matt can't talk yet but he was able to write "I miss Sadie" and Sadie has been "cleared" to visit Matt at the hospital! I'm hoping this will bring a huge smile to his face. Thank you all for your love and support and please keep the well wishes coming... pretty soon you'll be able to deliver them to Matt yourself!
Tuesday, February 13
Journal entry by Stacey Wallace — 11 hours ago
On January 3, Matt’s first doctor, Dr. Bill Schweikert, told us that Matt had ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) that left him with a “life threatening lung injury.” He said they were going to flip him on his belly, something most hospitals don’t do but has proven to be “a life saving measure” where Matt is. I never asked what they thought Matt's chances were. I didn’t want to know, I was too scared. I couldn’t imagine my life without him and the thought of losing him made my chest hurt and I remember thinking that my heart was actually breaking. It was clear during rounds that day that every single test result was bad. His liver and kidneys weren’t functioning properly and he went into A-fib several times during the night… the doctors shocked him with paddles to restore a normal heart rhythm. His blood pressure was so high he could’ve had a stroke. Then it was so low, his extremities were in danger of becoming deprived of oxygen. I didn’t even know how he made it through the night, let alone if this life saving measure would work. No one did.
Fast forward through a horrifying roller coaster ride that lasted an agonizing seven weeks. Dr. Schweikert only treated Matt for the first two, when he was still weeks away from consciousness. I told Matt about Dr. Schweikert tonight and explained that this doctor was the one who saved his life. I said, “You’ll really like him, he saved your life AND he has a beard.” And as luck, or fate, would have it, Dr. Schweikert came to see him, delighted to see Matt FINALLY awake. Matt still has the trach and cannot talk. We said he was frustrated because everyone was having a hard time reading his lips. Dr. Schweikert said, “Well, let’s see how we can fix that” and grabbed a respiratory therapist who deflated the balloon holding Matt’s trach in place. Dr. Schweikert put his finger over the trach and said, “What do you want to tell us?” Matt opened his mouth and muttered his first words since December 28, 2017. He said he wanted a drink and that he was “starving to death” and then looked at Dr. Schweikert and said, “I appreciate everything you’ve done” to which the doctor responded, “You are the sweetest man. It was our pleasure.”
There were rides home from that hospital where I cried the entire way. Tonight was one of them, but they were happy tears. My husband... he’s here! He’s still with us and he’s getting better! He doesn’t understand the severity of his illness yet nor how much time he has missed. He has moments where he is clear and many where he is not. The cognitive impairment will last a while, but the doctors say this is normal. His physical recovery is a whole new journey and despite all of these wonderful miracles, I remind myself that Matt is still in the ICU and not out of the woods just yet. He has a lot of healing to do and your prayers are working so please, keep praying for him! I'll be able to relax again once he’s back home, sitting next to me. That’s when I will put my head on his chest so I can feel him breathe and listen to his heartbeat and thank God, thank the universe... that I can hear it.
Hi friends. Tomorrow is exactly six weeks since Matt was sedated and placed on the ventilator. He's made progress as far as coming off some of the meds, but unfortunately he has developed another persistent fever. He's receiving IV antibiotics and in addition to his temperature, his heart rate was high and he was breathing very fast but luckily (knock on wood), those symptoms are improving. He has brief moments where he opens his eyes and makes eye contact with us. He has also been mouthing words... it's hard to tell what he's saying but one of his favorites is definitely "fuck." He was apparently feeling amorous tonight... he wanted to kiss me, our friend Brandy and his mother-in-law!
I can't wait until I have an update that's only positive news but we are getting there. Your prayers and positivity are working. If you thought Matt was strong before, he's proved again and again that he's an absolute BEAST and has far surpassed his Champ nickname. He'll need a new one after this.
The family meeting with Matt's medical team was productive and we believe the doctors have a solid plan as far as weaning Matt off the medications. He also met his ventilator goals two days in a row which is great! Our big fighter is taking little steps in the right direction and we are thrilled! Fingers crossed he keeps it going.
Also: I finally had a chance to look at Matt's GoFundMe page and I don't even know what to say. To each and every one who donated, I cannot thank you enough. You are all the silver lining in this seemingly eternal darkness. Knowing so many of our friends and coworkers, past and present (many of whom have never even met Matt!) are reaching out and supporting us MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME. A huge thank you to Dale Kerns for setting up the page in the first place and to everyone who has expressed their support and love and prayers! You are healing our souls and this helps us be strong for Matt... strength is exactly what he needs! Thank you from the very bottom of my heart!
Matt, Stacey, Vicki & Ralph...the crew got together and sent you some money. It wasn’t that much, but just know that WE all love you and are praying for Matt’s speedy recovery. By the way Vicki, Chicken and Rice at you and Ralph’s spot when we gets better (inside joke). Love you all Gerry, Yari, Renee & Lynn
Just can't believe all this is happening to him -the sweetest guy, so wrong! - but glad to hear the news is good, and confidant he'll blast through all this in the end, because, well, just because, dammit! Go, Matt!!!!!!!! Thanks for taking such good care of him, Dale & Stacey and everybody!